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EDS4408 Secondary Humanities Curriculum and Pedagogy

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 2 July 2022


Examiner: Alison Bedford


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MSLT or BSED
Pre-requisite: BSED Only - EDS2401


Teacher professional accreditation demands that secondary teaching graduates have a strong professional knowledge of discipline-specific curriculum and pedagogical studies within their chosen teaching areas. Although there are some common pedagogical approaches across clusters of disciplines, there are also distinctive practices within specific disciplines. This course enables preservice teachers to develop specific knowledges and pedagogical understandings within the Humanities discipline.

The course begins with preservice teachers exploring specific structures and knowledges related to their teaching area. Building on this, they will then actively construct their own pedagogical practice and develop professional expertise in delivering discipline specific teaching for learning. The purpose of this course is to move beyond generic approaches of teaching for learning to provide a deep understanding of how to teach in specific Humanities discipline. This course provides the opportunity for preservice teachers to learn how the Humanities content, pedagogy and curriculum fit and work together to provide effective learning opportunities.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course preservice teachers should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of content selection and a wide range of teaching strategies in the Humanities discipline to identify misconceptions;
  2. demonstrate an ability to identify discipline skills, attitudes, values, and code of conduct in the Humanities discipline;
  3. demonstrate differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities in the Humanities discipline;
  4. demonstrate the ability to select, create and use relevant resources (including ICTs) in the Humanities discipline;
  5. demonstrate an understanding of providing feedback, assessment and reporting on student achievement and apply well-developed judgement to student work in the Humanities discipline;
  6. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and their application in the Humanities discipline;
  7. demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of maintaining student safety and compliance with legislative requirements in a range of contexts relevant for the Humanities discipline;
  8. engage with colleagues, professional teaching networks and broader communities to improve student learning in the Humanities discipline;
  9. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Know the content and how to teach it 15.00
2. Plan for effective teaching for learning beyond the traditional classroom 20.00
3. Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning 20.00
4. Engage in professional learning and engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community 20.00
5. Ability to identify discipline skills, attitudes, values and misconceptions 20.00
6. Professional educator 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Students will be required to access appropriate curriculum documents which can be downloaded from or or purchased from

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Case Study 1 No 50 1,2,3,4,9
Assignments Written Case Study 2 No 50 5,6,7,8,9
Date printed 2 July 2022